It has eight world heritage sites, deep jungles, golden coasts, and leopard safaris. We can show you all of it.
For over a decade, we’ve been sending clients on immersive, life-changing trips to Sri Lanka: the tear-drop island of tea plantations, thick jungles, golden coasts and UNESCO World Heritage sites. For us, it’s all about managing the details and logistics on your behalf; using our network of local guides and contacts to ensure you see the country through the eyes of the locals, while also experiencing the best of the best hospitality in this ancient land. A morning spent in search of leopards in Yala National Park. An afternoon spent exploring the historic walls of Galle. A night – after a thrilling seaplane connection – spent at the coastal getaway of Cape Weligama. Let’s make this happen – and more.
As ever, if you can’t see it here then we can still plan it for you.
Ancient rock formations, pastel pink skies, wild green jungle: beauty comes naturally to Sri Lanka. The South Asian island is much more than a pretty face, though. Whether you’re seeking first-world escape in a towering treetop lodge or first-class luxury on a colonial spice estate, we can deliver the very best Sri Lanka has to give. Adventure through the forested landscape with tour guides who’ll take you to within a few paces of elephants and leopards, or wipe your bucket list clean with all eight of the country’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
A teardrop shaped island off the southern coast of India, Sri Lanka is a country that delivers. Golden beaches, tropical jungles, and high mountains may be the atmosphere, but the elephants, temples, leopards, and tea plantations define its attraction. We can’t stay away from the rice and curry, the riveting diving spots, and the elegant hotels, so you’re in good hands when Black Tomato is curating the ultimate tailor-made itinerary. Prepare for ancient ruins, stunning hikes, forts, and fortresses.
A paradise for wildlife lovers, Sri Lanka is easily the best place in Asia for experiencing a variety of animals in a variety of different landscapes. Yala National Park is famous for its leopard population, while Udawalawe is popular for elephant encounters. Others are known for their bird species and another for the elusive sloth bear, but all of them make for a memorable experience in Sri Lanka.
If it’s an escape from the crowded cities you want, head north for the less-worn paths of Willpattu National Park. With the help of a knowledgeable personal guide, amble through the secluded site famous for its regal Asian elephants. We’ll do our best to help you spot the adorable sloth bears, leopards, and barking deer, too. The untouched forests and plains of Willpattu are an enchanting place, and its many stories are best heard sitting around an evening campfire with the locals.
Unwind in Uga Bay, perched on the north-east portion of the island. We’ll make reservations for you to get pampered to perfection in the sea-view spa overlooking the simply stunning Bay of Bengal. Afterward, indulge in beachside barbecues to the sound of native wild birds and crashing waves as the sun drops into the ocean. Whether you’re travelling solo, with family and friends or on a honeymoon with your SO, this is bliss.
Perfectly positioned in the centre of the historic Galle Fort, The Fort Bazaar Hotel boasts a unique style unlike its typically colonial contemporaries. Once owned by a wealthy spice merchant, the décor pays homage to the Middle East with its glowing lanterns, handmade tiles, and vintage patterned furnishings. Rooms here are private and luxurious, while the delicious Moroccan cuisine includes moreish mezze and an unreal lamb tagine.
Immerse yourself in the Sri Lankan wildlife at Leopard Trails, located in the 130,000-hectare Willpattu National Park. You’re perfectly positioned to witness (safely) the rare beasts that roam nearby and a typical day will end eating under the stars by campfire, before retiring to the cosy confines of a tent that will challenge the comforts of hom
A serene oasis away from the chaos and bustle of Colombo, The Wallawwa is well equipped to cater to the A-list. Chill out in the Z Spa or soak up the scents of the native plants through the beautiful three-acre site. Stretch out and unwind on your oversized bed, and feast on unforgettable Asian fusion dishes, with many of the spices and ingredients sourced from the hotel grounds.
Get a taste of wild tranquillity and spend an exclusive evening at Udawalawa National Park to enjoy the peaceful sound of local wildlife sending you to sleep. With Blink, you can live in complete luxury away from it all with specialised catering just for you. Take a private Jeep tour at the crack of dawn, watching out for water buffalo, monkeys, crocodiles, elephants, and much more.
As dramatic natural landmarks go, the towering fifth-century abandoned fortress of Sigiriya is up there. Flanked by seas of vibrant greenery, Sigiriya also offers spectacular views for those brave enough to climb its rather delicate staircases built into the 200-metre-tall granite rock at the centre. However, we recommend you appreciate its wonder from the air. We’ll arrange a hot air balloon ride so you can take lunch while you take in the views or Lion Rock and beyond.
Set against steep, slanting hills, the train ride into the heart of Tea Country is an experience in itself. Map the journey from field to cup with a unique tour. Led by a local guide, experience the real story of the region’s freshest offering. For the evening, we can organise boutique accommodation nearby and your own personal chef who will create a menu based around you.
Get swept up in the beauty of Galle Fort, built in 1588, with looming palm trees parading the perimeter and the distant sound of the shore crashing into the grass-clad city walls. If you like, you could even indulge in a romantic, candle-lit dinner for two within the fort – exclusively catered for with gentle live music – giving you an unforgettable experience whether you’re honeymooning or celebrating your 40th wedding anniversary.
Amble the historic streets of Sri Lanka’s first colonial city.
Located on the island’s southernmost coast, Sri Lanka’s fourth-largest city is both modern and ancient; with its Old Dutch Quarter focused on a beautifully-preserved Fort, a colonial townscape, and time-warped landscapes. Atmospheric and bizarre, it’s a fantastic way to step back into the 17th and 18th century in this bejewelled corner of the world.
The cultural triangle
Explore this otherworldly landscape of great, ruined cities.
Once known as the King’s Zone, or Rajarata, the Cultural Triangle extends across the scrub-thick, moody uplands beyond Kandy; where jungle and outcrops of mountain dominate the landscape. Within this land can be found some of Sri Lanka’s greatest treasures, including the ruined capital of Anuradhapura (dating back to the 3rd century BCE) to the iconic ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya above.
The tea plantations
Drink in the romance and atmosphere of these luscious landscapes.
These lush, bountiful lands are one of the world’s heartlands for growing tea. Remote, rural and staggeringly beautiful, treks to areas such as Adam’s Peak – which pierces the clouds and mist – is a perfect way to drink in the panoramas of this incredible region, from the Ella Gap to its tiny, easygoing villages. We can get you there on a colonial-era British train.
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